June 2023 | Volume 174

Everyone here at AACA National Headquarters and the AACA Board of Directors wishes you a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!
Please note that National Headquarters and the Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday (July 3 & 4) so the staff can enjoy the long holiday weekend with their families.
NEW Member Benefit! Introducing MemberDeals
AACA is excited to announce a brand-new member benefit. We have a new partnership with MemberDeals! MemberDeals is a benefits program with exclusive offers to the world’s greatest entertainment and travel brands. While working with the top suppliers and partners in the industry nationwide, MemberDeals develops attractive offers that you, as an AACA member, now get to take advantage of.

What kind of offers are we talking about? How about offers for Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, Cirque du Soleil® and SeaWorld® Parks and Entertainment. There are deals on hotels, rental cars, flights, movie tickets, concerts and sports events. Don’t forget about Broadway musicals, cell phones, computers, appliances, automotive, flowers, food, subscriptions… the list goes on and on.

This new benefit program is completely FREE for all current AACA members to utilize. To check out all of the great deals available right now, all you need is your AACA member number and pin. Click here to go to the members only section of the AACA website, log in with your member number and pin, and look for the MemberDeals link on the homepage.

(Your member number and pin can be found on your AACA membership card. If you have lost or misplaced your card, feel free to call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 and we will be happy to help you.)
Recently Uncovered Historical Item
How about this for a piece of amazing AACA history… This is the club’s very first stationary. The letter is signed by AACA’s first Vice President, Earle S. Eckel, and was sent to Mr. W. E. Swigart in 1946. At that time, it only cost 3 cents to mail a letter.

Many thanks to Don Barlup for unearthing it and to Pat Swigart for donating it. We are thrilled to have it! It will have a place of honor in our history room, so next time you visit National Headquarters make sure to check it out.
Pat Swigart and Don Barlup
Car Lovers Must Visit DeKalb County, Indiana
HURRY!! Registration MUST Be Received By June 30!
July 6-8, 2023
Central Spring Nationals
Waterloo, IN
Registration Deadline Extended: June 30

Here in DeKalb County, we have a vibrant history of automobiles. Car lovers from around the world venture to Auburn, Indiana, to experience the rich automotive history that gives this area its culture. We are a car town for car people and couldn’t be prouder. Area attractions include the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the National Auto and Truck Museum and the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum.

The Crossroads of America Region is looking forward to hosting all of you for a great weekend of car culture. On Thursday, complimentary transportation will be available for touring the Auburn and county museums, downtown Auburn shopping, breweries, wineries and area hotels. Friday will offer the same opportunities, plus a membership roundtable, Judging School and a cruise-in in downtown Auburn around the DeKalb County Courthouse. The weekend will conclude on Saturday with the Judges Breakfast, Judges CJE, Owners Briefing, the car show at DeKalb Central High School and the awards dinner.

Host Hotels:
Hampton Inn by Hilton, 1020 Smaltz Way, Auburn IN 46706
Contact Hilton Reservations: 1-800-HILTON or Phone Direct: 1-260-925-1100
Use Group Code: AAC

Tru by Hilton, 303 Peckhart Ct., Auburn IN 46706
Contact Hilton Reservations: 1-800-HILTON or Phone Direct: 1-260-333-7700
Use Group Code: AAC

Baymont by Wyndham, 306 Touring Dr., Auburn IN 46706
Contact Hotel Directly: 1-260-920-1900 or 1-260-333-5509
Use Group Code: Antique Automobile Club of America

Chairman: Keith Flesher, 912-281-0392, keiflesh@aol.com
Registration: Vicki Bolton, 205-223-3753, vickibolton@bellsouth.net
Join Us For Classics at White Eagle
Registration Extended! MUST Be Received By July 17!
July 26-29, 2023
Special Eastern Spring Nationals
Hamilton, NY
Registration Deadline Extended: July 17

The Rolling Antiquers Car Club of Norwich, NY, is excited to be your host for the 2023 Special Eastern Spring Nationals and cannot wait to welcome all of you to “Classics at White Eagle.” You will not want to miss the spacious grounds and amazing views at the White Eagle, so make sure you get your car registered today!

Arrive on Wednesday to take advantage of the extra day to discover the area. The host club has gone above and beyond by creating a self-driving tour through the rolling hills of the northern portions of Madison County. It includes landmarks, shops and eateries that all have a local flavor unique to central New York.

Thursday starts with a bus trip to the Northeast Classic Car Museum and ends at the Good Nature Brewery. Friday includes a bus trip to Cooperstown, membership roundtable, Judging School and a barbeque dinner. Finally, Saturday consists of Judges Breakfast, Judges CJE, Owners Briefing, the car show of course, social hour and awards banquet.

Host Hotel: SOLD OUT!
White Eagle Conference Center, 2910 Lake Moraine Road, Hamilton, NY 13346
315-824-6700, www.whiteagle.com

Hotel Rooms Still Available at These Alternate Hotels:
Rates at both hotels are $149/night + tax

The one75 in Hamilton, 175 Utica St, Hamilton, NY 13346, 315-824-4400, www.hotelone75.com, mention "AACA – Car show at the White Eagle"

Vernon Downs, 4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon, NY 13476, 877-888-3766, www.vernondowns.com, mention "AACA – Classics at the White Eagle"

Chairman: Allan Strong, 607-334-2907, stumpmaker99@netscape.net
Registration: Sylvia Drelich, 607-334-5038, jdrehlich@roadrunner.com
Travel Through Time During the Special Central Divisional Tour
You Have Less Than 1 Month to Register!!
September 13-16, 2023
Special Central Divisional Tour
Piqua, OH
Registration Deadline: July 24

The Southern Ohio Chapter is looking forward to helping you Travel Through Time on this tour.

Tour highlights include:
-- United States Air Force Museum
-- Packard Museum
-- Airstream Travel Trailer Heritage Center
-- Airstream Factory Tour
-- Neil Armstrong Museum
-- Tolerance Museum
-- Bicycle Museum of America
-- Gale Halderman Mustang Museum
-- Bob McConnell Private Collection of Vintage Race Cars

Tour is limited to 50 vehicles 25 years and older.

Host Hotel:
Comfort Inn & Suites, 987 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356, 937-778-8100
Special Rate: $79 + tax (includes hot breakfast)
Mention Southern Ohio Chapter for the discounted rate

Tour Chair: Don Sword, 937-689-6901, dsword18@outlook.com
Old Meets New at the Grand Nationals
You Have Less Than 1 Month to Register!!
August 10-12, 2023
Grand Nationals
Bettendorf, IA
Registration Deadline: July 26

The Mississippi Valley Region is excited to be your host for the 2023 Grand Nationals and cannot wait to welcome all of you to the Quad Cities area!

On Thursday, the Visit Quad Cities personnel will help you “Design Your Own Tour” of the area. From the Rock Island Arsenal Museum/ Mississippi River Visitors Center to the various Deere facilities, there is no need to be bored. Ride as long as you want on the water taxi loading from the Isle pier. Be sure to be back for the ice cream sundae bar though.

Continue to enjoy the region on Friday, but don’t miss the I-80 Truck Museum and Restoration Shop Open House. Follow up with lunch at the World’s Largest Truck Stop. Find the driving instructions in your registration booklet. If not attending the AACA Judging School, spend some time looking at the Zenith competition cars located at the Waterfront Convention Center attached to the host hotel. In the evening, board the Celebration Bell Riverboat for an evening of cruising, prime rib buffet, music, and the sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi.

Of course, Saturday is show day! Enjoy the cars and then join us in the evening for the awards dinner.

Host Hotel:
Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, 1800 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA 52722, 800-843-4753
$125 Wed/Thur, $139 Fri/Sat, plus tax (includes 2 full breakfast buffets)
Group Code: AAC823

Chairman: Mark Lousberg, 309-373-2169, mplousberg@hotmail.com
Registration: Mary Bartemeyer, 563-340-3266, mbartemeyer@yahoo.com
Tour “The County” in the Crown of Maine With Us
Registration Deadline Extended to August 1
August 16-19, 2023
Vintage Tour
Presque Isle, Maine
Registration Deadline Extended: August 1

Come join the Maine Region as they host this fabulous tour around Presque Isle, Maine!

Tour Highlights:
-- Thursday street dance and car show on Main St. directly in front of the host hotel with a live local band
-- Visit to the decommissioned Loring AFB and Nuclear Weapons Repository (largest of its kind in the continental US)
-- Historical sites such as the “Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery” and “The Only Known Lynching in New England, The Jim Cullen Story”
-- Historical displays of equipment and snowmobiles

Tour is limited to 50 vehicles 1931 and earlier.

Host Hotel:
The Northeastland Hotel, 436 Main St., Presque Isle, Maine 04769
207-768-5321, mention AACA Tour for group discount
Hotel rate of $79 expires July 24th, rate increases to $101 after deadline

Tour Coordinator: Craig Green, 207-768-1033 cell, 207-762-6500 office, Craig@crgins.net
Sugarloaf Mountain Region Makes Generous Donation
We have such wonderful and giving members and regions!! We can't say THANK YOU enough for the amazing donation presented this month to both the club and the AACA Library & Research Center by the Sugarloaf Mountain Region AACA. 

Pictured from left to right are National AACA Board of Directors member Keith Flickinger, Library Director Jen Wolfe, Sugarloaf Mountain Region President Don Pohlmann, and AACA CEO Steve Moskowitz. Also present was past Region President Rob Burchill.

AACA Library Updates
By Jen Wolfe, AACA Library Director, jwolfe@aaca.org

New Library Website Coming Soon!
The AACA Library & Research Center is thrilled to be working with web developers to redesign the library’s website. While each version of our website over the years has been an improvement over the last, it is time once again to make changes that will improve the experience of our users. 
The new design promises a more streamlined and user-friendly layout, more intuitive navigation to find the information you’re looking for, and a fresh and modern look that mirrors the AACA’s new website while also representing the library as the world-class institution that it is. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to implement the redesign this year, and we thank the AACA Board of Directors for their support of the project.
The new library website will be live later this summer, and our current website remains operational until then. We look forward to interacting with you in our new digital space very soon!
2023 Hershey Yard Sale
October will be here before we know it, so start planning to make the library’s Yard Sale part of your visit when you’re in Hershey for the Fall Nationals! This year’s event will be better than ever with the library teaming up with the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) and their annual author signing/book sale, and the Buick Heritage Alliance’s (BHA) literature sale.
The sale will feature automotive literature and books, shop manuals, Bob’s Bundles, and a few surprises, too! Both SAH and BHA will have tents alongside the library’s, giving car show attendees three times the fun and opportunity to walk away with new items for their collections. This year’s sale will be Tuesday, October 3, from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. in the backyard at AACA Headquarters. We can’t wait to see you there! 
Revised Research Fees Starting in July

Per last month’s article, the AACA Library will be implementing our new fee schedule starting July 1, 2023. These are modest changes to our fees that will help facilitate the library’s ability to manage the cost of doing business for our members and the general public. The new fee schedule will be available on our website in July – and questions can be directed to library staff at 717-534-2082.Thank you in advance for your understanding on this matter! 

Interested in becoming a volunteer with the AACA Library?
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew Hocker,
at mhocker@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.

Interested in doing research with the AACA Library?
More information is available on our website.
Visit AACA Library or contact our Reference Librarian, Amoi Goldman,
at agoldman@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.

Visit our Booth at Black Swan Antiquities
Always Obsessed with Cars
By Phil LoGiudice, Sebastian, FL, philguilford@gmail.com
This is a member submitted story in response to the
“Do You Remember Your First Car Show?” article from last month’s Speedster.
I was born and grew up in San Francisco. When I was in grade school, 1950s, my dad took me to the annual new car show in downtown San Francisco. I was really young but was always obsessed with cars and could identify most of the makes on the road at the time. Luckily, they were all American cars and of course they all looked different.

My overall memory of the show was this incredible feeling of being around so many beautiful cars. I do not remember any particular model. However, I do remember one thing clearly… Spike Jones and his band provided the entertainment. We loved his antics. He was quite funny. He had an electric collection of items that he played as instruments. I am sure I am in the minority when I say I saw Spike Jones live!
Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
What year did Henry Ford introduce the Model A?
A Little Bit About Our Tour Mascot: Meet Dana’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
By Mary Gates, Western Divisional Tour, marymarlene.gates@gmail.com
This is a member submitted story.
Over a lifetime of what some might refer to as an automotive enthusiast on steroids, our very own Dana Newquist is the proud owner of a 1926 Locomobile, lovingly known around Santa Barbara as Dana’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

As the owner of more than 100 cars that fit the AACA mold over the years, Chitty is far from Dana’s first antique ride. Most would agree though that she undoubtedly ranks high on his favorites list. She does have to share his affections with his anywhere from 15 to 20 other mostly rare model cars, including his 1937 Ford fire truck, a lovely 1928 Pierce Arrow (first owned by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, a very rare 1917 Templar Roadster, and another rarity, a 1917 Chalmers Roadster.
Like any car about to celebrate its centennial, Chitty’s had many lives. Fortunately, Dana has been able to trace her significant transitions and events that led her to his garage.

Chitty’s journey began in Los Angeles as a 1926 Locomobile Roadster. She was purchased from the LA-based Ralph Hamlin dealership by a Santa Barbara gentlemen and was quite an attraction in her new coastal home. To her owner’s misfortune, in 1929 the Locomobile Company of America (founded in 1899) ceased operations making parts virtually impossible to source.

In 1930, unable to keep her running, Chitty’s owner generously donated her to the local Junior High School auto shop where she became a hands-on learning project for the students. Over the years, her body was removed, her driveshaft disconnected, and her chassis was used to teach mechanical functions such as clutch and gear shifting. By 1949, even her engine had been disassembled.
More than two decades later, in 1952, another Santa Barbara resident, Robert Dowlin, traded the school several modern engines for ownership of Chitty’s scattered parts and pieces. She was partially reconstructed, but subsequently stored outside, unprotected from Santa Barbara’s coastal climate.
Another two decades later, Chitty’s remarkable restoration journey began when a local mechanical engineer by the name of Bill Swanson became inspired by Ian Fleming's book and dreamed of owning his own Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 1974, Swanson found and purchased Chitty for a mere $150. Over the next two decades, he painstakingly sourced and assembled every component, including her 1926 body which he hand-fabricated to replicate Locomobile #16, that found fame winning the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup.
On the momentous day of May 5, 1993, Chitty, the resilient vintage beauty, was, again, officially registered as a 1926 Locomobile Roadster. Meticulous records kept by Swanson from the date of his purchase thru the completion of Chitty detail her complete build record.

A close friend of Swanson, Dana acquired Chitty in 2008 and has lovingly made her part of his family and daily life. She routinely graces local parades, visits retirement homes, and has also become one of Dana’s daily around-town drivers. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Dana, he’s President of the Santa Barbara Region AACA, and currently heading up the 2023 AACA Western Divisional Tour.

If you’re not yet on our registration list, sign up today and come meet Dana, Chitty, and the rest of the gang at the 2023 Western Divisional Tour – September 25-29, 2023! We all look forward to seeing you there!
We’re Looking For a Few More Fun People!
By Mary Gates, Western Divisional Tour, marymarlene.gates@gmail.com
You still have time to sign-up and tour with us!
After July 15 you can still register, but it will cost you an additional $50.
September 25-29, 2023
Western Divisional Tour
California Central Coast
Registration Deadline Extended: July 15
60 Vehicle Limit

Grab your shades and join us for a once-in-a-lifetime California road trip. We’ll uncover hidden gems, indulge in nibbles, sips and shopping along the "Sideways" trail, marvel at Santa Barbara's beauty, and immerse ourselves in the charm of Solvang.

Register effortlessly online with credit card or pay by check. Registration includes informative and sumptuous buffet breakfasts, memorable dinners, and captivating tours.

Don't miss out on this remarkable adventure—let’s make some amazing memories together!

Dana Newquist, dana.toursb@gmail.com

Included with registration:
~ Free Parking at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
~ Museum of Flight (Day 1)
~ Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps (Day 1)
~ Opening "Santa Maria Style BBQ" at Vineyard (Day1)
~ Santa Ynez Style Buffet Breakfast (Day 2)
~ "Vineyard" Buffet Dinner at Host Hotel (Day 2)
~ Santa Barbara Style Buffet Breakfast (Day 3)
~ Santa Barbara Courthouse Tour (Day 3)
~ Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Tour (Day 3)
~ Ice Cream at the Santa Barbara Harbor (Day 3)
~ "Danish-Style" Breakfast Buffet (Day 4)
~ Solvang Motorcycle Museum (Day 4)
~ Elverhoj Museum of History & Art (Day 4)
~ La Purisima Mission Tour (Day 4)
~ "Finale Gala" dinner, program, & dancing (Day 4)
Find out everything in store for you on this
fabulous tour and sign up online today!
Just visit WWW.AACASB.ORG.
Host Hotel: Santa Ynez Marriott
~ Pet friendly, free parking
~ Special AACA Rate: $179/night
~ Reservations: www.aacasb.org
RV Resort: Flying Flags RV Resort
~ Many options & rates available
~ Information: flyingflags.com
How Do I Get Hershey Registration Materials?
Summer registration is almost upon us for the Hershey Flea Market, Car Corral and show vehicles. To acquire space(s), you must request a registration card from AACA National Headquarters by using the Activity Request Card enclosed in the plastic covering of the May/June issue of your Antique Automobile magazine. Please DO NOT send any money at this time. You are simply requesting that registration materials be mailed to you at this time. If you have lost your Activity Request Card, you can always call AACA Headquarters (717-534-1910), and we can fill one out for you.

All requested registration materials will be mailed to you by the AACA staff the first week of July. We recommend that you fill out your registration card(s), write your check and mail everything back to the Hershey Region immediately so that you do not forget/lose it/miss the August 15 deadline.
Important 2023 Hershey Reminders
Show will run Tuesday, October 3 through Friday, October 6
Flea Market set-up will be Monday, October 2
Judging School will be Thursday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
Judges Breakfast will be Friday, October 6, at 7 a.m.
Car show will be Friday, October 6
Important Hershey Information
By "Mac" MacAdam, Flea Market/Car Corral Registration Chairman,
Hershey Region AACA, fallmeet@hersheyaaca.org
Summer registration is almost upon us for the Hershey flea market, car corral and show vehicles. To acquire space(s), you must request a registration card from AACA National Headquarters by using the Activity Card enclosed in the plastic covering of the Antique Automobile magazine (May/June issue). All requested registration materials will be mailed to you by the AACA staff after July 1. If you have misplaced the Activity Card or the Hershey information was erroneously omitted on the Activity Card you received, you should call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910.

With a show as big as Hershey, there are a lot of moving parts for our region volunteers to coordinate. Please help us by reviewing this important information:

1. On the Show Car/Special Events registration card that you request from National Headquarters you can also choose to receive awards banquet tickets, antique car trailer parking reservations and juniors at Hershey information. (The ladies’ luncheon has been discontinued.)
2. SHOW CAR REGISTRATION ONLY: You may also register online here right now. You must print the registration form and submit it along with your check to Rich Spina, Hershey Region AACA Show Car Chairman, 1313 W. Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.
3. There is a $20 parking fee for show car trailers parking on Boathouse Road. The fee covers the period of Tuesday, October 3, at 7 a.m. through Saturday, October 7, at 12 p.m. All vehicles must be removed by 12 p.m. Saturday or they will be towed per order of Derry Township Police.
4. You must return the completed registration card and check to Hershey Region. There will be a pre-addressed envelope enclosed in the packet that you request from National Headquarters. PLEASE read all of the information that accompanies your registration card(s).
5. Cards/checks not signed will be returned for signatures and could jeopardize your request for space(s).
6. If you have a special location request, you should send a note along with your flea market or car corral registration card. Spaces are assigned by the postmark on the envelope. You can ask for your check to be returned in the event we cannot fulfill your request. If you will accept spaces anywhere, you need not send any note. (NOTES written on registration cards will not be honored and you will be assigned at the discretion of the field chairman.)
7. Please read ALL accompanying information that will be enclosed with the registration card(s) you receive from National Headquarters. Your signature on the card confirms you have read, understand and will obey AACA and Hershey Region rules and regulations.
8. Please pay close attention to the firm postmark deadline of August 15 on the registration card. We need ample time to make assignments, enter the data and send the information to our printer. There is a very short lead time to accomplish this task.
9. TO RESERVE & RENT A SCOOTER OR GOLF CART: ScooterBug has been contracted for the 2023 Hershey show to provide pre-reserved, single passenger ECVs and double occupant golf carts for those guests who have a valid, state-issued driver's license & handicapped placard in the state in which you reside. Guests can pre-reserve this mobility equipment online at http://www.scooterbug.com/aaca (preferred) or call 800-726-8284 directly to reserve.  There are NO refunds under any circumstances once the payment is received and equipment is reserved. (NOTE: Personal mobility vehicles are not registered by ScooterBug personnel.)
10. YES, YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN SCOOTER: Personal electric mobility vehicles are authorized; however, they must be registered at one of the three registration areas. More information will be available in the literature you receive with your registration card.
11. Flea market and car corral windshield stickers and other important information will be mailed at the end of August.
12. SALES TAX LICENSE: If you do not have a sales tax license, you can apply online at https://mypath.pa.gov or call 717-783-1405. Do not use the old pa100 website as it has been discontinued. If you need more information, visit our website at hershey.aaca.com. IMPORTANT: DO NOT wait for your tax license number to arrive. Send your flea market registration card and check to the Hershey Region and simply write "applied for" above the Tax ID space on the registration card.
You should be receiving your June 2023 issue of The Judge newsletter in your mailbox very soon, so please keep an eye out for it. If you just can’t wait for the issue to arrive, click here for the digital version.

The issue will include registration forms for the following shows:
-- 2023 Grand Nationals – Bettendorf, IA
-- 2023 Eastern Fall Nationals – Hershey, PA

There are also articles from AACA’s VP of Judging, Chairman of Judges Records, Judging School Instructors and each of your Chief Judges for these shows.

Just a reminder that you can also register to judge online on the AACA website.

Not a current judge, but interested in becoming one? Just attend one of the Judging Schools at any of the Nationals to get started.
Membership Corner: It Began in My Hometown!
By Jeff Oaks, AACA National VP & Membership Committee Member, joaks@ec.rr.com
While growing up, my dad was always running across an old car that was sitting in a friend’s garage that had not been driven in a while. He would bring it home and we would get it roadable again. Eventually he would sell it and find another. It was fun for me, and I learned a lot about older cars. I did not think much about it at the time, but this was introducing me to one of the greatest hobbies of my lifetime.
Years later, my sons were getting to be about that age, so we bought a nice original ‘37 Chevrolet Sport Sedan. We had a lot of fun with it and all of their friends liked it, too. I had found out about a local antique auto club and attended their meeting. It was the local chapter of the AACA. I knew nothing about the AACA at the time, but they seemed to do all of the fun things with their cars. I could tell this was for me and so I signed up that night. The next thing I knew the old Chevy was in car shows, parades, displays like inside the mall on Father’s Day, cookouts, more parades, and it goes on. We had a blast with the car and the club. I remember thinking, why was I not in this club 20 years ago? I made many new friends and heard many stories of adventures on the road. I broadened my horizons and started traveling with them to other events in the state.
Then I was introduced to AACA touring. This was a completely new thing to us – driving your car with about 100 others for 3-5 days at a time and taking in all of the sights and sounds. Sometimes I was a bit anxious just hoping that the car would make it to the next stop. However, some of the best old car mechanics around were on the tour, so I figured it would be all right. What a great time!

As the fun grew, so did the cars. One car to mention is a barn find 1936 Packard 120 Touring Sedan that needed a new home. We had fun bringing it back to life and years later, it was the getaway car in both my sons’ weddings! Who would have thought that would have happened?

Looking back, I am thankful for all of the hard work and effort that was and is given by the members of the local chapters and regions. This is the backbone and grassroots of the AACA. Their encouragement has kept me as a devoted member for nearly 30 years. We as chapter or regional members need to understand the importance of being active on the local level and keeping the interest of our members and our hobby! Invite someone that you meet at an event to join you and let them in on the fun! That is what keeps our membership strong!
Get a Friend to Join AACA for Only $25 Right Now!
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department, kwhite@aaca.org
Do you know anyone who would enjoy going to a car show? Maybe you know someone who would enjoy Antique Automobile magazine. This is an excellent time to encourage them to join AACA. New members can join the club now and pay only $25 for the second half of 2023. They can test the AACA waters now for half the price. By the end of the year, we hope they will be ready to dive in for a full year of membership for 2024!

The half year membership allows new members to join the club for the second half of the member year and pay half the yearly membership fee. The half year membership includes the months of June through December at a cost of only $25. The half year members receive three bi-monthly issues of Antique Automobile magazine (July/Aug, Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec).

If you have any questions regarding the half year membership program, feel free to contact me.

2024 AACA Annual Convention Hotel Announced
The 2024 AACA Annual Convention will be held February 8-10 in the Dulles/Washington D.C. area at the Westfields Marriott. Here is the full hotel and reservation information, so you can book early and start your planning:

Just Named...
Marriott’s Premium Hotel of the Year!
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
Less than 10 miles from the Washington Dulles International Airport
Room Rate: $129 per night OR $169 per night includes breakfast for two people
Reservation Phone: (800) 266-9432 (mention Antique Automobile Club of America)
Reservation Deadline: January 16, 2024
2024 AACA Annual Convention Call for Speakers
February 8-10 – Chantilly/Dulles, Virginia
Have you ever thought about speaking or putting on a seminar at the Annual Convention? Well, now's your chance! If you would like to be a possible speaker, please fill out this form and send it in no later than August 15.

Have an idea for a workshop? What topics would you like to hear a panel of experts discuss? This is YOUR Annual Convention, and we want to know what you want to learn about. Please email Stacy with your seminar ideas and/or speaker suggestions (membership, leadership, chapters/regions, marketing, cars, technical, fun, historical, ladies-focused, etc.).
Youth Development Corner: Driving the Future with Great Race X-Cup
By Jeff Stumb, Director of Great Race, and AACA Youth Development
Committee member, jeff@greatrace.com
Today’s young people may have grown up with technology at their fingertips, but there are still those who are drawn to the world of classic cars. A major goal for AACA is membership, and the Youth Development Committee is working on innovative ways to engage young people with broader involvement in collector cars. For a fortunate group of high school and college students from across the country, the 2023 Great Race X-Cup Division offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of a cross-country time/speed/distance rally for vehicles 1974 and older.
This year's route takes the X-Cup teams from St. Augustine, FL, all the way to Colorado Springs, CO, covering over 2,400 miles of scenic roads and historic highways. Seven student teams will participate in the 9-day competition! Along the way, these young competitors will face a variety of challenges and obstacles, testing their skills and determination to make it to the finish line.
X-Cup isn't just about the competition – it's also about the camaraderie, teamwork, and spirit of the classic car community. The student teams will be joined by more than 100 adult entries. Together, they'll share in the joy of maintaining and driving these vintage vehicles, and they'll create memories that will last a lifetime.
The RPM Foundation is proud to continue the AACA’s tradition of administering the X-Cup Student Division. Their involvement includes fundraising, disbursement of grants to assist student teams with the expenses of the race, and awarding scholarships to eligible student participants. The Team Choice Award is awarded to the organization hosting the student team that most exemplifies the spirit of X-Cup.
You can now follow the X-Cup teams in real time, as the students post daily updates on their adventures during Great Race! Social media posts tagged #XCUP23 will all be presented in this one location.

Join in the excitement of these young people as they make their way across America during a "bucket-list" experience, driving the classic cars we all love!
If your Region/Chapter is having an activity for Collector Car Appreciation Day, 
please share a few sentences and photos with us so we can publish them in Speedster. 
Send them to Stacy at szimmerman@aaca.org.
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that this year’s Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be officially celebrated on July 14, 2023. The date marks the fourteenth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual holiday to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Intended since 2010 to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Congress has helped launch CCAD by introducing resolutions each year at the SAN's request. Last year, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 690 (S. Res. 690) and a similar resolution was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H. Res. 1201). Each resolution was sponsored by co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports CaucusThese Congressional leaders have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation's appreciation for the automobile's unique historical place in our history.

The lists of events officially scheduled to commemorate America's time-tested love affair with the automobile are posted in the links below. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing in-person events or virtual gatherings (online event, livestream, digital gallery, etc.) may submit the details of their July celebration at no cost using this linkParticipating organizers are awarded a copy of the Congressional resolution for display at their registered event. For those unable to celebrate on the official date, the SAN encourages festivities to be scheduled throughout the month of July.

Help promote this special day: download and share this official flyer, post on social media using the hashtag #CCAD and tag the celebration's Facebook fan page (@CollectorCarAppreciationDayCCAD).

  • ATTEND an official vehicle-inspired event or web-based celebration.
  • HOST your own safety-minded gathering, club meeting or online gallery.
  • Promote a "HOLIDAY SALE" at your business in-store or online.
  • INVITE partnerships with nearby enthusiast-related groups if possible.
  • DRIVE your special ride—new or old—whatever the destination.
Registering Your Collector Car and Paying Your Taxes
By Stewart Howden, President, Classic Auto Mall, Inc., stewarth@classicautomall.com
This is a member submitted story.
Remember the old days when you bought a car with an open title and never bothered to register it, title it or pay the taxes? I remember seeing classics on their 5th or 6th owner and still titled in the original owner’s name from 40 years ago. Just throw an old plate on it and away you go. Well, my friends, those days are long gone.
In the modern world, an unregistered vehicle is a red flag to law enforcement and your insurance company. Also, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) now has an ever-growing database of all cars registered in the United States. The other issue comes into play if you were to have an incident or accident and are not (by lawful records) the owner of the vehicle. Who is held responsible and more importantly…who pays?
You must by law have your new (classic) vehicle registered within a certain number of days based on the state you live in. Failure to do so could result in not only a large fine but all the other normal fees associated with registering your vehicle. If you sell a car to a friend, neighbor or even a stranger, it’s always a good idea to accompany the buyer to the local DMV (if they live in the same state as you) to make sure the title has been transferred to them. If you have an out-of-state buyer, then you will need to check with your DMV after a month or so to make sure that the car has been re-registered in their name. If not, you will need to follow up with them to make sure they get it done.
In this litigious society, we don’t need another reason for legal action(s). Make sure you get a signed bill of sale from the buyer so that you have a paper trail showing them as the responsible party. When purchasing a classic, make sure you set enough aside to cover the taxes and fees and maybe that new set of wheels for your (new to you) car!
Are You Heading Out on Any of the National Tours This Year?
Driving Your Car to Any of the National Shows?
Then the Mileage Award Program is For You!
If you enjoy driving your antique vehicle, start your engine and get recognized for driving your AACA-approved vehicles throughout the calendar year with the Mileage Award Program (MAP).
Participation is voluntary and tracking mileage is your responsibility. Any time a vehicle is driven – anywhere for any reason – the mileage counts towards the award levels. Once you sign up, you will receive a badge and awards at 2,000, 5,000 and each 5,000-mile increment thereafter. The cost to become a MAP member is a one-time fee of $25.
If you have any questions, please email Sherm Carey.
77th Revival AAA Glidden Tour Heads to Thomasville, Georgia
October 22-27, 2023
Revival AAA Glidden Tour
Thomasville, GA
Registration Deadline: August 15

Tour Contacts:
Tour Hosts: Steve, Blanche and David Gordon, 229-226-2266
Tour Registrar: John Nikodym, 402-746-3825, gliddentour2023@gmail.com

Reminder: This tour is for cars manufactured prior to 1943 as originally built, only safety modifications permitted.

Registration: Registration runs through August 15, 2023, or until filled with a 200-car limit. Hotel details can be found on the registration form.
Thinking About Getting an AACA Car Sign for a Summer Event?
This is the only approved AACA car show sign and is intended for use at AACA events. These signs are only available to AACA members and are custom created to tell your vehicle's story and history.

Please allow 4 weeks for the production of your sign from start to finish. Signs are 16.5" tall and 12" wide and are made of hard plastic to withstand the elements. The signs cost $45 plus shipping, and an image can be added to your sign for an additional $5.
Want a sign for the Grand Nationals in Bettendorf, IA?
Deadline: Monday, July 3
If your information is received after the deadline,
we cannot guarantee you will have your sign in time for this event.

Contact Jon Curtis at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made: jcurtis@aaca.org or 717-534-1910.
Schedule a Tour of AACA National Headquarters & Library Research Center
Would your AACA region or chapter like to visit?
What about any of the other car clubs you belong to?

If you are planning a tour or day excursion for a group near the Hershey area, why not include a stop at our building as part of your itinerary? We even have a back patio with picnic tables where your group can host lunch. 

If you would like to book a tour, please reach out to Amoi Goldman, AACA Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, at 717-534-2082 or agoldman@aaca.org.

Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary 2023 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under Membership and drop down to Military Discount, or simply click here.

These complimentary 2023 memberships are for first-time AACA applicants and are limited by the funds available for this program. These complimentary applications for membership are intended for individuals who have a genuine interest in the antique car hobby.
Be Social With Us
AACA hosts online forums! AACA hosts a massive online forum area on our website that you can read and/or join in on the conversations on all sorts of topics. People post some really interesting material and pictures on an everyday basis. If you haven't used the forums before, just use the sign-up button in the upper right corner to create your user account. Anyone can join the online forums and it's completely free.
AACA has Facebook! AACA has an official Facebook page for club information and events. We also have an extremely active Facebook group, where group members post, ask questions and discuss everything and anything car-related. LIKE our Facebook page and ask to JOIN our Facebook group. Don't forget to connect with the AACA Library on their official Facebook page as well.
AACA is on Instagram! @antiqueautomobileclubofamerica 
Be sure to use these hashtags: #DrivingHistory, #AACA, #AntiqueAutomobileClubofAmerica, #Hershey, #AACAHershey, #AACAproud, #AACAstrong
Trivia Answer
The Model A Ford was introduced in 1903. It was a two-cylinder runabout and was Ford Motor Company’s first product…and was superseded by the Model C in 1904. The more recognized Model A appeared for 1928, of course, and was the second so-named Ford...following in the wake of the Model T. Sorry to try and trick you.
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the country's premier resource for the collectible vehicle community. Since its formation in 1935, the Club, through its national office, publications, and membership, aids individuals, museums, libraries, historians and collectors dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of automotive history.